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Colts sign RBs Chapman, Davis

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 21, 2005) -- The Indianapolis Colts shored up a depleted backfield by signing free-agent running backs Kory Chapman and Anthony Davis.

Chapman, 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, was originally signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent last year and was allocated to NFL Europe by the New England Patriots this spring. He is expected to be on the Colts' active roster Sept. 25 against Cleveland, and coach Tony Dungy said Chapman could see action on special teams.

The Colts also brought back Davis, their seventh-round draft choice in April, to the practice squad. Davis was waived Sept. 3 in the final round of cuts.

Indianapolis needed help because backup running back Dominic Rhodes bruised his left shoulder against Jacksonville and is listed as doubtful. Third-string back James Mungro sprained a knee ligament, and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

To make room for the two running backs, the Colts released defensive tackle Jason Stewart from the active roster and defensive end Gabe Nyenhuis off the practice squad.

The Associated Press News Service

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